Berkeley on the Path to Zero Waste Dining!

Berkeley on the Path to Zero Waste Dining!
Last month, Berkeley City Council unanimously passed the Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance, a groundbreaking and expansive plan for phasing out single-use plastic foodware from Berkeley restaurants and businesses. The ordinance, the first of its kind in the U.S. to comprehensively address single-use plastics, has been met with an outpouring of support from the community including students,… Read more »

Press Release: Berkeley Legislation Aims to Curb Use of Disposable Foodware

Press Release: Berkeley Legislation Aims to Curb Use of Disposable Foodware
[Berkeley, CA] The Berkeley City Council will soon consider the Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, the most ambitious and comprehensive piece of municipal legislation in the US aimed at reducing single-use disposable foodware.  The “Disposable-Free Dining” ordinance will get its first hearing at the April 24 Berkeley City Council Meeting. At 3pm that same… Read more »

Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
We, the undersigned organizations stand in support and solidarity with the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and the hazardous chemical releases that followed. While the full extent of the damage to these communities will not be known for weeks or months, one troubling trend is clear: the dense concentration of oil, gas, and… Read more »

Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free – Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics

Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free - Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics
At City Council meeting on July 25, the City of Berkeley declared July Plastic Free Month. The Ecology Center has advocated and led events for Plastic Free July for several years, as part of a growing, international effort to reduce plastic. We strongly support and commend the city for being a pioneer in addressing the… Read more »

Plastic-Free July Inspiration: Jackie Omania’s Zero Waste Classroom at Oxford Elementary

Plastic-Free July Inspiration: Jackie Omania's Zero Waste Classroom at Oxford Elementary
Note from the Ecology Center: Jackie’s inspiration to create a Zero Waste classroom came last summer from an Ecology Center event on plastic. We’ve hosted activities for Plastic-Free July again this year. This interview with filmmaker Wang Jiuliang offers a snapshot of the film that compelled Jackie to take action. Reposted with permission from Berkeley Read more »